It must be pretty tempting for actors and celebrities to mess with red carpet reporters. They always tend to ask really stupid and boring questions. It’s not like it’s enjoyable for the viewer or the celebrity. “Who are you wearing?” “Do you want to win?” “Are you excited?” “Look at you!” (that last one isn’t even a question). None of these are interesting questions, nor do they have interesting answers. Wouldn’t it be fun instead if the actor grabbed the reporter and decided to just… make their life difficult?
Enter Debbie Messing, probably better known as Grace from Will & Grace, who took the chance to grill E! News over their history of a gender pay gap.
“I was so shocked to hear that E! doesn’t believe in paying their female co-host the same as their male co-host,” she told the reporter. “I miss Catt Sadler. So we stand with her. And that’s something that can change tomorrow. We want people to start having this conversation that women are just as valuable as men.”
Catt Sadler was an E! News co-host alongside Jason Kennedy who quit her job after discovering that Jason was being paid nearly double her salary despite doing the exact same job. Since then numerous stars have come out in support of Catt Sadler including Jennifer Lawrence, Eva Longoria and Brie Larson. Now, since Debbie Messing has called them out on the red carpet, Amy Schumer has put out a call to all female celebrities to challenge E! reporters on the issue at every opportunity.
Watching a bunch of reporters squirm as they get grilled by A-list celebrities over a sensitive topic sounds like a great way to make the red carpets a bit more interesting. It’ll certainly be more interesting than another round of questions like, “Did you have a good time on set?”
You can watch the full clip of Debbie Messing below!
Debra Messing drags E! (while being interviewed on E!): "I was so shocked to hear that E! doesn't believing in paying their female co-hosts the same as their male co-hosts" pic.twitter.com/HF3B2uhwtF— David Mack (@davidmackau) January 7, 2018